Boy hit by bus 'recovering'
The 7-year-old boy who was hit by a schoolbus yesterday is still in hospital but doing well, his principal says.
Rob Wemyss, Clifton Terrace School principal, said he had visited the boy in hospital yesterday afternoon. He expected the child would remain in hospital for several more days, but thought he looked to be recovering.
"We'll look forward to having him back at school soon."
A Nelson Hospital spokesperson said he was in a stable condition in the intensive care unit.
Mr Wemyss supported a new proposal by Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio to have a pedestrian crossing installed on Atawhai Cres where the boy was injured. Mr Miccio said it was important the council acted quickly to make sure the incident was not repeated.
"After speaking with Rob soon after the accident, we will be getting staff to bring to council as soon as possible a report to fast track the installation of a pedestrian crossing at this location. The report will be before the new council for approval early in the new term."
He acknowledged a prior accident in 2010 where Nelson Intermediate student Joseph Cotton, 12, sustained serious head injuries on the same stretch of road. He was hit by a four-wheel-drive vehicle after getting off his schoolbus.
Sergeant Blair Hall, of Nelson, said the boy who was hurt yesterday "just shot out" into the path of a schoolbus as it headed down the road towards Garin College.
Suburban Bus sales and marketing manager Tom Heaphy said the driver had been given the rest of the day off and offered counselling after the incident. Police are investigating but have said there was no sign that speed was a factor.
When asked if the roading design was a problem, Mr Heaphy said Suburban Bus did not consider it to have anything to do with the two accidents.
Garin College principal John Boyce said between eight to 10 Garin pupils would have been on board the "Garin Express" when the boy was hit. "A number of traumatised kids" had to be sent home yesterday morning.
"They were just too upset, they weren't going to learn anything."
He said the school was collecting donations for flowers, which would be sent to the injured boy and his family.
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